Standout performances in the NCAA Tournament through three rounds
Note: I can't stand that they consider the play-in games to be "Round One," but that's the way it is now, and I guess I just have to deal with it.
A lot of people were writing off Michigan as they unraveled a bit down the stretch of the regular season. However, this is a team that was ranked No. 1 in the middle of the season, and has only one loss to a team that didn't finish in the Top 25 (Penn State, who Michigan was 2-1 against on the season). Michigan got back to playing like that No. 1 caliber team in the tournament, handling South Dakota State as expected (71-56 win) and handling VCU (who was coming off an 88-42 win over Akron) in dominant fashion (78-53 win). This is one of the hottest, most complete teams in the tournament, and it's going to be very difficult to take them down.
PS - This Mitch McGary fella is my kind of ball player.
There was concern as to whether or not Miami could handle the pressure of a 2-seed, but they have been very impressive thus far. They were dominant against Pacific (78-49), and displayed grittiness and strong composure against Illinois (whom they trailed with 1:24 left, but pulled off a 63-59 win). It was nice to see their ability to get a big lead and hold it, but also grind out a tough win in the clutch.
Marquette has been involved in two of the tournament's most entertaining games so far. They pulled off a miraculous win against Davidson after trailing by four with only 20 seconds remaining. Two days later, they topped Butler after trailing by three with 1:39 remaining. These are the types of games that can leave a team oozing with confidence, allowing them to believe that they always have a shot at pulling off the win. They'll be a very stubborn team for the remainder of the tournament. Miami (Marquette's Sweet 16 opponent) has to make sure they never take their foot off the gas if they want to knock off Marquette.